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Salary for a Nurse in Tennessee - TN

Nursing is a profession that requires dedication. This dedication doesn’t just start once one becomes a nurse, but is involved in every step of the process, from choosing the right nursing school to taking courses to deciding upon any specialization you desire in your career path. Nursing salaries in Tennessee reflect the years of study, dedication, responsibility, and compassion required of a nurse. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the average Licensed Professional Nurse (LPN) in Tennessee makes an annual salary of $35,990 per year, which is about $5000 less than the national average. A Registered Nurse (RN) working in Tennessee brings home a yearly income of $59,520, a figure which is about $7000 less than the national average.

Pay tends to vary for nurses working from state to state and from one metropolitan or non-metropolitan area to another. Wages are usually higher in a city than they are in a suburban or a rural area.  Specialization is another facet of nursing that typically earns a nurse a higher salary. Here are some average salary figures for LPNs and RNs (which includes advanced practice nurses, nurse practitioners and other specialized nurses) working in various parts of Tennessee (according to the BLS):

Tennessee City LPN Salary RN Salary
Chattanooga, TN $35,650 $57,580
Clarksville, TN $36,300 $55,310
Cleveland, TN $34,990 $55,990
Jackson, TN $32,990 $52,230
Kingsport/Bristol, TN/VA $30,820 $53,450
Knoxville, TN $33,240 $56,480
Memphis, TN $42,570 $63,210
Morristown, TN $33,580 $54,200
Nashville, TN $38,850 $63,100
Western nonmetro, TN $32,200 $59,720
South Central nonmetro, TN $31,490 $55,710
North Central nonmetro, TN $32,740 $55,670
Eastern nonmetro, TN $32,640 $51,830

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